16 May '12, 6am

Endangered Beluga Whales Threatened by Oil Exploration in Alaska:

Endangered Beluga Whales Threatened by Oil Exploration in Alaska:

A new lawsuit is challenging petroleum exploration in Alaska’s Cook Inlet, claiming that the seismic testing will do harm to the endangered beluga whales that live there. The Native Village of Chickaloon, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Center for Biological Diversity, and Center for Water Advocacy are the plaintiffs in the lawsuit. They are charging that the National Marine Fisheries Service didn’t perform its duty in issuing exploration permits to Apache Alaska Corp., including high-intensity seismic exploration. “Each year, there are fewer and fewer of these whales left. Oil and gas drilling activities expose Cook Inlet beluga whales to earsplitting underwater noise that threatens their survival. All that noise in the marine environment makes survival impossible for these endangered whales,” Taryn Kiekow, an attorney for the NRDC, said in an announcement of th...

Full article: http://planetsave.com/2012/05/16/endangered-beluga-whales...

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